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    Very nice job.

    However overall I doubt Watkins had an easier time of it - considering the stuff he was working with and hauling around.

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    I had an absolute bitch of a time getting this composition. A little further to my right would have been better but the Merced was well over my head at that point and I struggled to keep the camera and tripod propped-up on the boulders along the shoreline and out of the water. Carleton Watkins had an easier time of it but that viewpoint is no longer available: https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/object/1991.389 Taken with the 150mm Apo Sironar.

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    I’ve heard about this park with those pods. I’ll have to visit.

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    Brilliant Photograph

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    Thomas, I wonder if a little further to the right would actually have been better. Here we see the alignment of the conical tree side with the cliff edge. To the right, the closer, next-over tree would have begin to cut into the conical one. I think this works nicely, though I would print it a little differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Nice shot. Glad you didn't drown. Looks like Watkins had an easier time of it. Sometimes you just have to be lucky.
    I didn't get into the Merced but stayed at the edge of the shoreline so the only thing that got wet were the soles of my boots. Watkins had an easier time as far as finding a compositional vantage point. His was taken in the early morning when the Merced was not flowing as fast and I think he chose that point because it offered a reflection of the column in the foreground. That view is no longer available. Mine was taken on the opposite side of the river and a little further up. If you double click on Watkins photo you'll see that the Merced bends to the left in an inverted U shape. That flat open space you see is where the Awahanee hotel stands today and I took the shot there between the tree and what appears to be a large boulder. Because the river bends there I believe that they dredged that area and placed large boulders to shore-up the shoreline to protect the hotel from floods. That would explain the river beds sudden drop-off. Although it was flat and clear back then like today, I don't think that it offered for the reflection that he wanted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R View Post
    Very nice job.

    However overall I doubt Watkins had an easier time of it - considering the stuff he was working with and hauling around.
    You're right Michael. The only thing that was easier for him was in finding an unobstructed viewpoint from which to position his camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulophot View Post
    Thomas, I wonder if a little further to the right would actually have been better. Here we see the alignment of the conical tree side with the cliff edge. To the right, the closer, next-over tree would have begin to cut into the conical one. I think this works nicely, though I would print it a little differently.
    You're correct Phillip. Looking at the image today I can't see where moving the camera a couple of feet to the right would have improved the picture. But back then that was what I was thinking at the time and was quickly dissuaded by the water's depth at that point. I think that I was trying to avoid the tree branch on the left. This is not a scan of a print but a raw scan of the negative that was shot on 17 July 2014 (1/8' @ f22 -1/3 with a UV filter). I came across the negative yesterday when reviewing unprinted 4x5 negatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Thanks again, all. It's interesting what a mistake can sometimes lead to. Here's another photograph from a different angle, but exposed properly, for what might be an interesting comparison:



    Same camera/lens/development. I burned the trees because they were distractingly bright.

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    Szabad 4x5, Super Angulon 90/8, Portra400

    First tries with Portra400 after giving up on Ektar100.
    No, I never became friend with Ektar. Didn't like the magenta cast and blue shadows, and the need to nail the exposure almost like slide film. Sort of wanted to like it but never did.

    This is something very different, much more to my taste and more workable. Feels really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lassethomas View Post
    This is something very different, much more to my taste and more workable. Feels really good.
    Nice relaxing image.

    Quite a colorful scene with wide light values.

    Looks like the Portra-400 did an admirable job, retaining rich color and preserving many shadow details, too.

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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Quote Originally Posted by lassethomas View Post


    Szabad 4x5, Super Angulon 90/8, Portra400

    First tries with Portra400 after giving up on Ektar100.
    No, I never became friend with Ektar. Didn't like the magenta cast and blue shadows, and the need to nail the exposure almost like slide film. Sort of wanted to like it but never did.

    This is something very different, much more to my taste and more workable. Feels really good.


    This image has rich, beautiful tonal range. I never was able to bond with Ektar either, for the same reasons you give.

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